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RACHMANINOV, S.: Isle of the Dead (The) / Symphony No. 1 (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)

Composer(s):Rachmaninov, Sergei
Artist(s) Slatkin, Leonard, Conductor • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.573234
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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After the disastrous failure of its première in 1897, Rachmaninov’s youthfully exuberant Symphony No 1 had to wait until after his death before it was reconstructed from the surviving orchestral parts and performed again, in Moscow in 1945. Since then it has taken its rightful place as one of the great Russian symphonic works of the late nineteenth century. The Isle of the Dead, Op 29 is a vivid and powerful symphonic poem based on a well-known nineteenth-century painting by the Swiss symbolist artist Arnold Böcklin.


   



Very nice renditions of these important works
Review By dc92823,November 2013

I am a life long admirer of the work of Leonard Slatkin. His reputation as an orchestra builder and a champion of American music goes back fifty years (incredibly). What I have admired most about his work is his rapport with orchestral musicians and his passion for developing the status of symphony orchestras in cities outside the "big five" (or the top ten; whatever it is these days). Look at his well known and highly successful tenure with St. Louis and look at the attention that he brought to Washington and, now, Detroit (and in a bit consultancy role to Nashville) especially through the power of recordings.

This is the latest in his cycle of Rachmaninov Symphonies and orchestral works with Detroit that - in some ways - echoes the series he did in St. Louis many years more....







 

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